Inmate Deal Could Hit County Coffers

An immigrant jail that is currently being considered in Dwight, could hurt Kankakee County’s budget, which depends on federal money for detaining immigrants. That’s the opinion of county officials, after they admitted that Kankakee County relies on a lot of federal money for jailing immigrants to help make the budget work. In Dwight, about 30 miles west of Kankakee, village officials have been discussing possible plans for a 1,200-bed immigration jail with a private company, Immigration Centers of America, based in Virginia. Kankakee County has had an agreement for several years with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house immigrants in the Jerome Combs Detention Center, and has been jailing inmates for the U.S. Marshals Service for more than a decade.